It can feel like your worst nightmare. You were involved in an accident that left you injured and unable to work for some time, and medical bills are mounting. It is common to want to learn more about how you can obtain compensation for the damages and also know what to expect for a timeline.
The simple answer is that there isn’t a set amount of time that a personal injury case can take. Several factors will make the timeline change. We will discuss some of these factors in further detail below.
What Factors Can Affect a Personal Injury Case Timeline?
Some of the most common factors involved in a personal injury timeline are the extent of injuries, who was at fault for the injuries sustained, and how long your treatment or recovery will take.
If the extent of your injuries is relatively insignificant, you may have a better idea of the total cost of what it will take to recover and return to work. If your injuries are significant, they may take weeks or months to heal, meaning the costs of treatment and the amount of lost wages are also substantial.
There may be several parties involved in the accident. This can mean that multiple insurance companies will have to be involved in settling claims. Some of them are going to work more quickly than others. Negotiations are commonly necessary, and if multiple parties are involved, this can add to the time required to settle.
You may be looking at several weeks or months of recovery to return to work or determine if you can return to work in the same capacity as before the accident. This stage can’t be rushed and will be determined by your injuries, the treatment required by your doctor, and how your body responds to that treatment.
Should I Accept a Settlement To Avoid Having to Wait Longer?
Generally speaking, the answer is no. It can be challenging to endure the waiting period for an adequate settlement to be reached, as your bills piling up can result in financial distress. Patience is vital, however, as you may risk settling for far less than you are entitled to. If you can patiently follow the steps that an experienced attorney has outlined, it can mean that your compensation may be far more significant, providing comfort for you and your family moving forward.
What are the Benefits of Hiring an Attorney?
Working with an experienced attorney can help provide peace of mind and clarity. They are well-versed and trained in assisting clients to recover from car accidents. They work hard to be your advocates, help you to understand the necessary steps, and can work on your behalf while you heal from your injuries.
Contact our office at (704) 286-0947 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys and put together a plan to get you back to life as you knew it before your accident.